Multivac (Kansas City, MO) offers R550-Soluform, a new horizontal tf/f/s system configured specifically for water-soluble packaging such as laundry detergents, concentrated cleaning products, fertilizers, pesticides, and medical/pharmaceutical applications.
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Bosch Packaging (Bridgman, MI) adds controls and servomotor drives from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) to Model SVE 2510 vf/f/s machines. With Allen-Bradley ControlLogix™ networking onboard, the improvement allows users to customize and adjust the continuous-motion machine’s settings quickly and precisely.
In Britain, premeasured tablets are the fastest-growing way to use laundry detergents, and Robert McBride, plc, Cumbria, England, is packing them 70% faster with an economical film from UCB Films (Smyrna, GA).
Packaging seen at the National Hardware Show ranged from consumer-friendly packaging for data comm products to innovative film cubes for potting soil. The softer side of hardware was seen in a trend toward products packaged for females and light do-it-yourselfers.
UCB Films (Smyrna, GA) has improved its high-barrier BOPP film, Propafilm™ RMC. The film combines two-side acrylic coating with a metallized surface layer to protect products sensitive to moisture, UV light, flavors and aromas.
Smurfit-Stone (Chicago, IL) has developed PaperCan™, which uses a paperboard body with an integrated easy-to-open-and-close paperboard lid. Made of laminated or barrier-coated paperboard that can be linear or blank-formed.